Dumfries and Galloway MP Richard Arkless has this week received confirmation from telecoms firm EE that it will prioritise the A75 trunk road for improved 4G coverage.
Mr Arkless has said he is ‘delighted’ at the quick response and commitment from EE adding that ‘EE are happy to be guided by me and I intend to maximise that opportunity’.
Improving internet connectivity from Dumfries and Galloway has been a key priority for Mr Arkless since his election and he has successfully petitioned various telecoms providers to improve the service they provide to rural communities.
The MP has held several meetings with businesses owners across the constituency who have been struggling with slow or non existent broadband speeds.
Mr Arkless said: “Last week I met with the Richard Hermon at the Galloway Activity Centre who explained to me the serious impact poor internet connectivity was having on his business. Richard employs 34 local people – these jobs are incredibly important to the area but the business is being held back by its terrible internet connection. Following EE’s commitment to prioritise the A75 for 4G, I have now asked them to also prioritise the A713, which runs alongside Loch Ken from Castle Douglas to Dalry.
“There are a number of businesses on this stretch of road which are being hampered by a poor mobile signal and internet connections.”